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v1.0.29 Laubwerk Plants Kit 5 – Temperate Coniferous Trees

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Laubwerk Plants Kit 5 – Temperate Coniferous Trees
  

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Temperate Coniferous Trees

An impressive collection of temperate coniferous tree species planted in parks, gardens, or forests including excellent specimen trees for lawns such as eastern white pine, Japanese larch with good autumn color, and popular ornamental and live Christmas trees. 10 conifer tree species in 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasons each, for architects and CG artists working in 3ds Max and Cinema 4D.


Highlights

 

Includes 360 Models

All Laubwerk Plants in this Kit come in 36 variations per species, i.e. 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasonal aspects. Here are a few examples of the variety:

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10 out of 360 temperate coniferous tree models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 5.

 

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10 out of 360 temperate coniferous tree models of Laubwerk Plants Kit 5.

 

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Includes Free Laubwerk Player

The free Laubwerk Player plugin comes bundled with each of the Laubwerk Plants Kits.

Use the Laubwerk Player to easily load and control plant models inside Autodesk 3ds Max & Maya, MAXON Cinema 4D, SideFX Houdini, and Trimble SketchUp. Just drag-and-drop your 3D tree, set the shape, age, and season and level of detail control. Watch the lightning fast rendering with inbuilt and 3rd parts renderer support.

Laubwerk Player Plugin

Inserting, controlling and rendering great-looking 3D tree models has never been easier with the Laubwerk Player plugin! The Laubwerk Player provides immediate visual access to your Laubwerk plant library. You get multiple drawing options in the viewport (like simple hull shape or skeleton) for quick feedback and low memory usage while editing your scene. And when you're satisfied, watch the Laubwerk Player dynamically render fully-detailed plant models at amazing speeds, with automatic default materials and level of detail.

Plant Library Browser

The Plant Library Browser appears right in the 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, Houdini or SketchUp main menu and provides direct access to the Laubwerk Plants installed on your computer. Drag-and-drop your 3D tree species into your scene or replace existing trees. Loading the plants through the Plant Library Browser directly creates materials with basic shading and textures preassigned, saving you time and memory while you work.

Plant Object

The Plant Object represents a Laubwerk plant model in your scene by using low-memory hull or skeleton mode for easy placement. It dynamically loads the model's age and shape that you chose, creating a simple viewport approximation that allows you to apply model alterations and adjust level of detail settings. Laubwerk Plant Objects are fully scriptable using MaxScript.

V-Ray Support

Dedicated support of V-Ray saves you time and memory. Instead of manually converting Laubwerk Plant Objects into V-Ray proxies, the Plant Object detects when V-Ray is used for rendering and dynamically creates the model's geometry during rendering. This is the exact same process V-Ray uses for V-Ray proxies, just automatically applied without any manual setup.

Renderer Support

Materials and textures are created on the fly – for the built-in renderer or third-party renderers.

  • For 3ds Max, Maya, and Cinema 4D: mental ray, iray, Maxwell Render, Thea Render, Arnold, OctaneRender, and Corona Renderer.
  • For SketchUp: V-Ray for SketchUp and Thea Render for SketchUp.

Laubwerk Advantage

  • Plug and Play – One-click solution for architects and CG artists who need realistic 3D trees, immediately.
  • Fast and Fluent – Render-ready 3D trees minimize the need for finetuning that can otherwise interrupt your workflow.
  • Easy and Integrated – Drag-and-drop plants inside 3ds Max & Maya, and MAXON Cinema 4D, Trimble SketchUp, or use them in SideFX Houdini.
  • Intuitive – Simple settings are a mouse click away.
  • Smart Content – Go beyond static models! Choose the shape, age, season and detail of each tree.
  • High Tech – Laubwerk technology minimizes the usual compromise between high-quality graphics and efficient memory usage.

Realistic 3D Tree Models

Laubwerk uses a hybrid of procedural modeling and hand-detailing by botanist and 3D artists to make the most realistic CG trees.

  • Render-ready materials and textures are created on the fly – for the built-in renderer (3ds Max, Maya & Cinema 4D), or third-party renderers such as V-Ray, mental ray, iray, Maxwell Render, Thea Render, Arnold, OctaneRender, and Corona Renderer.
  • Leaves consist of more than just a single polygon, so they bend and catch highlights.
  • Textures are based on high quality photos from real trees.
  • Models maintain shape and density, regardless of detail level.

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Plants Kit 5 includes 10 Laubwerk Plants:

  • Colorado white fir (Abies concolor)
  • Korean fir (Abies koreana)
  • Japanese larch (Larix kaempferi)
  • Norway spruce (Picea abies)
  • Colorado blue spruce 'Glauca' (Picea pungens 'Glauca')
  • shore pine (Pinus contorta subsp. contorta)
  • eastern white pine (Pinus strobes)
  • Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
  • common yew (Taxus baccata)
  • western redcedar 'Atrovirens' (Thuja plicata 'Atrovirens')

The following 10 tree species are included in the Plants Kit 5. Each species comes in 36 variations per species, i.e. 3 variants, 3 ages and 4 seasonal aspects, for a total of 360 models per Kit.

plants kit 5 1COLORADO WHITE FIR
Abies concolor
Impressive medium to large evergreen coniferous tree. Crown initially very symmetrically conical, later more loose and rounded. Numerous spreading branches symmetrically arranged in layers on a ramrod straight trunk. Gray-white bark on mature stems with a smooth texture. Long, soft, intense bluish to grey-green needle-like leaves arching upward, shoots silvery grey, light yellowish grey in winter. Green or purple cones ripening pale brown. Native to the Rocky Mountains. Popular ornamental landscaping tree, Christmas tree, and Christmas decoration.

 
plants kit 5 2Korean Fir
Abies koreana
Small to medium-sized evergreen coniferous tree with a symmetrical, conical crown and branches in layers. Grey-brown, smooth bark with resin blisters. Attractive foliage; short, wide, upward-curved needle-like leaves are glossy dark green, and densely packed and arranged around the twig like bristles of a brush. Numerous, showy upright cones, dark purple-blue before maturity, even on young trees. Native to the temperate rain forests of the higher mountains of South Korea. Popular ornamental plant in gardens in cool climates.
 

plants kit 5 3JAPANESE LARCH
Larix kaempferi  
Medium-sized to large deciduous coniferous tree with broad conical crown and horizontal branches. Gray bark with rusty-brown inner bark. Soft needle-like leaves appear in brush-like clusters, first light glaucous green, later pale green, turning bright golden yellow in autumn before falling in winter. Small, ovoid-conic, green cones are erect turning brown when mature and commonly persist on the branches. Forestry tree in Japan and Europe. Popular ornamental tree in parks and gardens with good fall color.

 

plants kit 5 4NORWAY SPRUCE
Picea abies  
Large, fast-growing evergreen, conical coniferous tree. Primary branches are slightly upturned but secondary branches become pendulous as the tree matures. Red brown to grey brown bark. Needle-like, dark green foliage. Long green or reddish cones maturing brown. One of the most economically important conifers in Europe. Popular ornamental and Christmas tree.

 

plants kit 5 5COLORADO BLUE SPRUCE 'GLAUCA'
Picea pungens 'Glauca'  
Medium-sized to large coniferous evergreen tree with a conic, typically very narrow columnar crown. The dark green foliage grows in dense sprays. The seed cones are ovoid or oblong, green at first, maturing brown about 2 years after pollination. The dark green "exclamation mark" tree shape is considered as characteristic signature of Mediterranean landscapes. Trees are very long-lived.

 

plants kit 5 6 SHORE PINE
Pinus contorta subsp. contorta  
Medium-sized evergreen pine tree with a somewhat sprawling and irregular, broadly rounded crown. Branches spreading, often contorted. Orange-brown to purple-brown bark irregularly furrowed and scaly. Medium to dark green needle-like leaves, which grow in pairs are short, coarse, and twisted. Small, orange-brown cones. Widely utilized in the landscape for its tough stature and adaptability. Planted in both in sandy areas subjected to salt spray or in ornamental gardens.

 

plants kit 5 7EASTERN WHITE PINE
Pinus strobus
Large evergreen coniferous tree, pyramidal in its early years, then matures to a broad oval habit with an irregular crown. Smooth bark, flat lengthways fissures when old. Soft, bluish green needle-like leaves appear in bundles of five, like paint brushes at the ends of twigs. Long, slender, cylindrical, light brown cones. Important timber tree, popular as live Christmas trees, excellent specimen tree for lawns or parks.

 

plants kit 5 8SCOTS PINE
Pinus sylvestris
Medium-sized evergreen coniferous tree with a varying habit, conical to columnar crown when young. Then gradually with more extended branches on a long, bare trunk topped by a rounded or flat-topped crown. Thick, scaly dark grey-brown bark on the lower trunk and thin, flaky, and orange on the upper trunk and branches. Twisted  blue-green needle-like leaves, which grow in pairs, more yellowish grey in winter. Small, grey-brown cones.  Most widely distributed pine in the world. Important tree in forestry, popular ornamental and Christmas tree.

 

plants kit 5 9COMMON YEW
Taxus baccata
Small- to medium-sized evergreen coniferous tree with a broadly conical or ovoid, later domed or round crown. Thin, scaly reddish-brown bark, coming off in small flakes aligned with the stem. Lustrous, two-ranked, dark green needle-like foliage. Young shoots emerge light green. Red, ornamentally-attractive, berry-like fruits. Popular ornamental and landscaping tree.

 

 

plants kit 5 10WESTERN REDCEDAR 'ATROVIRENS'
Thuja plicata 'Atrovirens'
Medium-sized evergreen coniferous tree in the cypress family, which grows in a symmetrical, narrow conical shape. Fast growing tree with reddish, shredding bark. The dark-green foliage forms flat sprays with scale-like leaves in opposite pairs, shiny on the leaf top, and are strongly aromatic. Small, slender, upright cones are green to yellow-green, ripening brown in autumn. Popular ornamental and landscaping tree.

 
 

 

  • Autodesk 3ds Max (2010-2020), Autodesk Maya (2015-2019, Win & Mac, Linux on request), MAXON Cinema 4D (R15-20, Mac & Win), Trimble SketchUp (2014-2018, Mac & Win), or Sidefx Houdini (currently Apprentice 14-15.5 Win, Linux on request).
  • Additionally, Python (on Windows) for customers to build their own importers into applications compatible applications compatible with Python 2.2, 2.7, 3.3, or 3.4.
  • A computer that is capable of running your version(s) of 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, SketchUp, or Houdini.
  • 10MB of hard disk space and additional space for the Laubwerk Plants models.

Update 1.0.29 (April 2019)

Autodesk

  • Added 3ds Max 2020 support
  • Fixed an issue with opacity maps in Arnold Renderer for 3ds Max
  • Added Maya 2019 support

Update 1.0.28 (March 25, 2019)

SketchUp

  • Added SketchUp Pro 2019 support
  • Added V-Ray Next for SketchUp support
  • Improved UI design and performance
  • Fixed a bug that caused SketchUp to crash when rendering a startup model with Thea.
  • Added macOS support for our Python extension.
  • Improved macOS installers with installer certification, and better detection of  installed applications.

Update 1.0.27 (October 18, 2018)

3ds Max

  • Updated Octane material converter and Octane 4 glossy materials
  • Added the replacement behavior section to the help document

Cinema 4D

  • Added Cinema 4D R20 support
  • Fixed a bug with reflectance roughness was not being set properly in inbuilt renderers

SketchUp

  • Fixed a bug that caused V-Ray renders to fail with non-Latin characters in Windows usernames (e.g. "ü", "ñ", or "é").

What's new in plants kit 1.0.26? ( July 19, 2018)

SketchUp

  • Snappier Laubwerk browser
  • Added support for consistent copy & paste from another SketchUp instance
  • V-Ray 2.x support is back. Fixed a bug in the player extension
  • Fixed a bug in material quality selection. The selected quality is now always applied at render time
  • Fixed a bug in the player extension for SketchUp Japanese that prevented switching between model variants and seasons
  • Known issues: special characters in Windows user names prevent running the player extension (Ruby error)

3ds Max

  • Added support for 3ds Max 2019
  • Added Arnold 5 support
  • Fixed a bug in Laubwerk material creation for V-Ray RT
  • Fixed a bug that caused the ART renderer to crash
  • Fixed a bug that caused 3ds Max to crash when double-clicking inside the Laubwerk browser where there are no plants

Maya

  • Added Arnold 5 support
  • Dropped support for Maya 2014
  • Known issues: MacOS X Player plugin doesn't work with Maya 2018.2

Cinema 4D

  • Updated Arnold 5 support to Arnold core version 5.1
  • Dropped support for pre-R15 versions

Laubwerk Plants

  • Acer campestre (Kit Freebie) - improved the shapes (habitus) of several tree variants for a head-free crown base height

 

What's new in plants kit 1.0.25?

  • SketchUp: Support for SketchUp Pro 2018, support for V-Ray 3.6, support for MacOS X High Sierra (10.13). Bug fix with special characters in Windows 10 users names
  • Maya: Bug fix for Maya 2018 support
  • 3ds Max: Fix a bug that crashed 3ds Max when adding an empty Plant object to the scene on autosave, bug fixed a bug that a Plant replacement in the Browser did not refresh the viewport, improved behavior when a new Plant is assigned and all selected Plant objects are empty
  • Cinema 4D: R19 support, added support for Arnold 5

What's new in plants kit 1.0.23? (January 31st, 2017)

  • Added support Thea for SketchUp for Windows and OS X. Compatible with Skatter for SketchUp
  • Laubwerk Player plugin for SketchUp (2014-2017) with many bug fixes, improved RAM usage, performance, and user interface
  • 3ds Max: Fixed a major bug that V-Ray distributed rendering failed on slave machines
  • Maya: Bug fix for V-Ray high quality materials, improved Skeleton mode, faster rendering

What's new in plants kit 1.0.22?

SketchUp (new)

  • Introducing the Laubwerk Player plugin for SketchUp (2014 - 2017) for Windows and OS X and the latest versions of V-Ray 2 and V-Ray 3
  • Compatible with Skatter for SketchUp

3ds Max

  • Added a dialog box that asks whether a selected Plant(s) should be replaced or should a new Plant object be created
  • Added Arnold support
  • Improved Corona Render support, e.g. now Plant objects are derived from GeomObject instead of SimpleObject2
  • Improved speculars in Scanline renderer materials
  • Improved the behavior of the Laubwerk browser, now the window does not closes itself anymore when a Plant object is replaced or created
  • Fixed a bug that made 3dsmax crash when an empty Plant object is assigned to a Plant
  • Fixed a bug that in Skeleton mode crashed the measure utility
  • Fixed a bug that by replacing a tree through the browser reseted the variation setting

Maya

  • Fixed a bug with changing seasons and variant attributes, which did not update the user interface

Cinema 4D

  • Fixed a bug with Thea Render. Now, the texture group parameters for the base material are being set properly.

What's new in plants kit 1.0.21? (August 7, 2016)

Release 1.0.21 introduces:

Common

  • Improved the translation of specular highlight size and intensity for mental ray/iray

Maya

  • This version now supports Maya 2017 and 2016.5 (Extension 2) for Windows and OS X (Linux download on request)
  • Selecting a plant in the Laubwerk Browser with a plant node selected now replaces the species in the selected node
  • Added a search field to the Laubwerk Browser
  • The path to the plant library is now stored as an option variable
  • Fixed a bug with the Create Laubwerk Plant command
  • Fixed a bug with adding a plant from the Laubwerk Browser caused by backslash characters
  • Fixed a bug with the Laubwerk file->open command
  • Fixed a bug which by deleting unused nodes dropped all materials that weren't used in the convex hull mode. That had also caused wrong material assignments (only colored green) on trunk and some leaves

Cinema 4D

  • This version now supports Cinema 4D R 18 for Windows and OS X

Houdini

  • This version now supports Houdini 14-15.5 for Windows (Linux download on request)
  • Fixed a bug that the Laubwerk Browser panel failed to open

What's new in plants kit 1.0.20? (June 23, 2016)

  • Added support for Autodesk Maya (2014-2016) on Windows & OS X including materials for V-Ray, iray, mental ray, Maya Software, Arnold, Maxwell Render, OctaneRender
  • Added support for Autodesk 3ds Max 2017
  • Added a fifth free species to the Plants Kit Freebie, the Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana), a popular and elegant plant for subtropical and tropical climates and indoor
  • Improved look of two species of the Plants Kits Freebie: Improved habit of the twigs and inflorescence of the common broom (Cytisus scoparius) models and improved trunk material of the Turkish pine (Pinus brutia) models

What's new in plants kit 1.0.19? (January 26, 2016)

Cinema 4D

  • Added support for Otoy OctaneRender.
  • Added compatibility for Cinema 4D R17 Team Render.
  • Added compatibility for Thea Render 1.5.x.

3ds Max

  • Added support for Otoy OctaneRender.

 

What's new in plants kit 1.0.18? (October 25, 2015)

Cinema 4D

  • Fixed a Cinema 4D R17 problem with Help, which now opens correctly.

3ds Max

  • Added full Japanese language support.
  • Added support for iray mdl materials.
  • Set names of texture maps by texture names.
  • Fixed a bug with V-Ray materials in high-quality mode that now have the same brightness as in medium quality.
  • Fixed a bug for 3ds Max 2016 that now prevents crashes when using Forest Pack.
  • Fixed a bug for model files, which now get exported when saving as archive.
  • Fixed a bug with manual setting of asset paths.

What is New in Plants Kits 1.0.17:

Cinema 4D

  • Added support for Cinema 4D R17.
  • Fixed a bug with 2-sided materials in VRAYforC4D.
  • Thumbnails now use Retina resolution when available.
  • Enabled "Show custom parameters" option when creating Arnold tags.
  • Added support for integrated alpha channel when using latestet Arnold version (1.0.5.0 C4DtoA).

For all platforms

  • Textures are now delivered with straight alpha instead of premultiplied.

What is New in Plants Kits 1.0.16

Release 1.0.16 introduces, along with the regular set of fixes and improvements:

Cinema 4D

  • Improved integration with Team Render.
  • Added support for the Arnold Renderer.
  • Improved Maxwell material setups.
  • Added Maxwell material thumbnails.

3ds Max / 3ds Max Design

  • Improved Maxwell material setups.
  • Materials now use V-Ray 3 Opacity Mode when available.
  • Added a check for 3ds Max 2015 SP1 (Installer).
  • Fixed some problems with special characters in the Laubwerk Plants library path.
  • Fixed some problems with the browser not displaying correctly in some
  • cases.
  • Resolved some 3ds Max 2016 display problems.

What is New in Plants Kits 1.0.15

Release 1.0.15 introduces, along with the regular set of fixes and improvements:

Cinema 4D

  • Added support for Maxwell Render for Cinema 4D.
  • Change season, variant, or species of multiple selected plant objects at once.
  • Extended importer dialog.
  • Fixed bug in 1.0.14 where materials created with high quality had wrong reflectance type.

3ds Max / 3ds Max Design

  • Added support for Maxwell Render for 3ds Max.
  • Added support for 3ds Max 2016.
  • Extended importer dialog.

Houdini

  • Significant performance improvement loading plant objects.
  • Added Laubwerk Browser with drag-and-drop function.

What is New in Plants Kits 1.0.14

Along with the regular set of fixes and improvements for 3ds Max, Cinema 4D, Houdini, and Python (Windows) the new release introduces:

  • Ensured compatibility with Corona Renderer 1.0 for 3ds Max.
  • Added support for Thea Render for 3ds Max.
  • Added full German language support for 3ds Max (2015).
  • Fixed compatibility issues with VRAYforC4D.

What's New in version 1.0.13

  • Much more efficient rendering with many instances of Plant objects in V-Ray for 3ds Max.
  • Faster and more reliable Plant Library Browser.
  • Improved field maple (Acer campestre) with better looking branch tips (Plants Kit Freebie).
  • Added support for Thea Render for Cinema 4D.
  • Improved help documents.

What's New in version 1.0.12

  • Faster Laubwerk Browser.
  • Fixed wrong UVs in 3 plant models.

CINEMA 4D

  • Added Czech localization for both the Plugin Player and all Plants Kits.
  • Added preliminary support for Corona Renderer. Currently, Corona has not yet addressed an issue to allow polygon selections and embedded alpha. Converting Laubwerk Plants to meshes is a workaround.
  • Improved file handling with Team Renderer, i.e. files are no longer been copied multiple times.
  • Improved handling of plant objects in animations, i.e. plant objects don't regenerate geometry for every animation frame.
  • Fixed bug on the Mac that accidentally delivered 1.0.10 binaries with 1.0.11.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause Cinema 4D to freeze when adding plants using the layer selection.

3ds Max / 3ds Max Design

  • Added support for Corona Renderer.
  • Added support for more Undo operations.
  • Improved Laubwerk Browser, which is now multithreaded, and caches thumbnails.

Python

  • Added support for Python 2.6 (Windows).
  • Added Houdini Player beta (Windows) to Plants Kit installer.

LAUBWERK PLAYER

The Laubwerk Player is a plugin  for Autodesk 3ds Max, 3ds Max Design and MAXON CINEMA 4D, that comes bundled with every Laubwerk Plants Kit. It loads the models and allows for easy selection and manipulation of the models, e.g.  choose between variations, ages and seasons and allows fine grained control about Level of Detail. See the Laubwerk Player page for a more detailed description.

Laubwerks Advantage:

Plug and Play
One-click solution for architects and CG artists who need realistic 3D trees, immediately.

Fast and Fluent
Render-ready 3D trees minimize the need for fine-tuning that can otherwise interrupt your workflow.

Easy and Integrated
Drag-and-drop plants inside 3ds Max and CINEMA 4D.

Intuitive
Simple settings are a mouse click away.

Smart Content
Go beyond static models! Choose the shape, age, season and detail of each tree.

High Tech
Laubwerk technology minimizes the usual compromise between high-quality graphics and and efficient memory usage.

 

Tree Species and Configurations

Highly useful trees from North America, Europe, and the tropics with just the right amount of control for each tree.

  • Each Plants Kit comes with 10 customizable tree species.
  • Plants Kit Freebie comes with two fully-functioning tree species, the tropical frangipani and temperate field maple.
  • Each tree species comes in three (3) shapes, three (3) ages and four (4) seasons, for a total of 36 variations.
  • More species and Kits coming soon.

 

Free Laubwerk Player

The free Laubwerk Player plug-in brings the 3D trees to life.

  • Drag and drop simplicity from the plant library browser.
  • Hull and skeleton modes for quick viewport response, even as your scene grows.
  • Seamless integration into Autodesk 3ds Max and CINEMA 4D.
  • Dedicated V-Ray support for the fastest rendering times.
  • Adjustable level of detail allows for fine-grained quality vs. memory tradeoff.
  • Individually control leaf and branch detail levels as well as adaptive subdivision.

 

Realistic 3D Trees

Laubwerk uses a hybrid of procedural modeling and hand-detailing by botanist and 3D artists to make the most realistic CG trees.

  • Each species comes render-ready, with preset materials and textures for the built-in renderer (3ds Max & CINEMA 4D), V-Ray (3ds Max & CINEMA 4D) and mental ray (3ds Max).
  • Leaves consist of more than just a single polygon, so they bend and catch highlights.
  • Models maintain shape and density, regardless of detail level.
  • High quality photo textures from real trees

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